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Armory Field Trips: A Unique Hands-On Art Experience for K-12

Armory Teaching Artists lead your students through an exhibition where they engage in small group activities, art exercises, and discussions about the exhibition’s themes. Then, your students will create an art project in our studio related to the exhibition. Working in mediums like clay, painting, sculpture, printmaking, or bookmaking, this standards-based experience encourages students to explore the artistic process.

  • 2-hours (9:30-11:30am)
  • Offered Tuesdays-Fridays
  • $8 per student

2016/2017 Field Trip Exhibitions

Radio Imagination:
Artists in the Archive of Octavia E. Butler

Field Trip Dates: Oct. 4 – Dec. 22, 2016

This group exhibition celebrates the inspiring legacy of Octavia E. Butler—an African-American science fiction writer who was born in Pasadena, where she worked and lived most of her life. Raised by her mother and grandmother during the height of segregation, Butler overcame enormous obstacles to become one of the greatest science fiction writers of her time. This exhibition features photography, drawing, sculpture, and videos by eight artists who were granted first-hand access to Butler's archives at the Huntington Library and will create new works based on their research.
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Found in Translation
Field Trip Dates: Jan. 31 – Mar. 31, 2017

This exhibition features 9 artists who were influenced by the cultural landscape of Mexico in the 1990s, when many contemporary artists were making art about the country's social, political, and economic climate. This exhibition addresses the realities of 1990s Mexico through photography, sculptures, video, and more. The artworks depict social status, political protest, youth cultures, the traditions of indigenous cultures, and 21st century street culture.

Federico Gama, Series Mazahuacholoskatopunk, 1989-2013. Photograph. In the ciudades perdidas (“city peripheries”), alternative subcultures emerged following the North American Free Trade Agreement (1994). This series depicts a new hybrid citizen, the indigenous Mazahuac/cholo/skater/punk.


Live in Context
Field Trip Dates: May 9 – June 23, 2017

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) helped define the 1990s throughout Mexico, the US, and Canada. During this time, boundaries between “local” and “global” virtually disappeared. Communicating across cultural divides became both necessary and challenging. This group exhibition of photography, video, and sculpture brings together artists from NAFTA nations whose works consider the missed opportunities and misunderstandings among cultural neighbors.

Federico Gama, Series Mazahuacholoskatopunk, 1989-2013, silver gelatin print.